Elon Musk's Space X Rocket Equipped With Tesla Roadster Overshoots Mars

Elon Musk's Space X Rocket with a Tesla Roadster on board launched on February 6th is going a little further into the solar system then was originally planned.

The original plan was supposed to orbit the sun that would take the vehicle out to the distance of Mars' orbit. However, according to Musk, the engine ignition worked a little too well and has sent the rocket out into the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

After it launched, the rocket cruised through space for about 6 hours in a coast phase.  The "coast" phase was intended to show off a special orbital maneuver for the US Air Force, before the rocket completed one final engine burn in space and put the rocket into its final orbit.

Right now it's unclear what will happen to the rocket along with the Tesla Roadster nor do they know for sure if this new path will affect the odds that the rocket will run into another space object.



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